His career began in the 2000s with minor roles in series such as Freaks and Geeks O Smallville. Perhaps her earliest known role was that of Janis in Heavy Girls as the friend of newcomer Cady (Lindsay Lohan).
But Lizzy Caplan’s most challenging characters didn’t arrive until the early part of the last decade, when she was cast in the lead. Masters of Sex (2013-2016) and to be the successor to Kathy Bates by playing Annie Wilkes in the second season of Castle Rock.
“This role is very significant,” Caplan says on the phone with Culto. “I realized there is only one role that I like -Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex– but it’s been a while since I’ve had a role that I feel is decisive. It has really opened my eyes to what I want for my career and I love the challenge of making a character that looks nothing like me, “the actress confesses.
Is right. Annie Wilkes is nothing like Lizzy Caplan. And how good.
Lizzy Caplan in the second season of Castle Rock.
When Stephen King published his novel Misery In 1987, he unveiled a lonely woman to the world, who rescues a man from frozen to death in the snow after being in a car accident.
That man turned out to be the author of her favorite saga -Misery Chanstain-, but upon discovering that the writer kills the protagonist in his next novel, Annie Wilkes is upset and turns her nursing care into a nightmare.
The role played masterfully by Kathy Bates in the 1990 film – which won her the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Actress – will be reprized by Lizzy Caplan on the return of Castle Rock, but she will represent the events that drove Annie Wilkes to madness. A kind of prequel.
“Kathy Bates is Annie Wilkes, and what she wanted was the ability to create something that didn’t feel like what she did at all, but something that could become her version of Annie Wilkes in Misery“, explains the actress about this second season of the STARZPLAY series.
Kathy Bates en Misery.
Caplan confesses to having worked hard to get into character, mostly because she has nothing in common with her role. His movements, way of walking and tone of voice were the central points when setting up his performance because he considers these to be the main characteristics.
“One of the things they describe in the book is that she is quite heavyset and I am not particularly tall or heavyset, so there is a certain ‘physicality’ that I couldn’t relate to, that’s why I focused on how she walks, how he talks, his mood swings and the violence he expresses, “Lizzy told Culto.
The actress who plays an Annie Wilkes who comes to that strange town trying to take the best care of her daughter, considers that her job was not to judge or diagnose her character, but to faithfully reflect the transition to madness through what she feels , see, listen and believe. Make known the truth of the woman who interprets.
Lizzy Caplan and Elsie Fisher in the second season of Castle Rock.
While Kathy Bates set a very high bar – of which Caplan and the production team of Castle Rock does not deny-, his efforts were in not creating an imitation of what was done by the veteran actress who this 2020 nominated for the Oscar for her work in Richard Jewell.
Still trying to detach himself from that parameter, for Caplan it was still exciting that Bates complimented his performance on Twitter: “Lizzy Caplan takes him to another dimension. She is Annie Wilkes. Terrifying and human. Sometimes she drives me crazy! “he wrote on the social network.
— Kathy Bates (@MsKathyBates) November 21, 2019
“It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever heard. Having the approval of Kathy Bates means everything to me. It was more important than anyone else’s opinion. Her performance was the great reference for my character so it was great,” he said. the actress.
Lizzy read Misery and during filming he relied on an audiobook of the novel, as well as read other works by Stephen King, an author he describes as a “master of narrative and master creator of characters.”
His biggest challenge, he says, was maintaining the emotionality that Wilkes is known for. “The hardest thing was keeping those levels of hysteria for so many hours a day, but that’s the fun of the job. Plus, there’s a great sense of family with the rest of the team, so it wasn’t much of a problem. Nor was it possible to endure the cold. in the locations for Castle Rock“.
The Warner Bros series produced by JJ Abrams and Stephen King himself will premiere on STARZPLAY in Latin America on February 13.
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Lizzy Caplan and her role in Castle Rock: “We created a character that could become what Kathy Bates did in Misery”